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Le Serpent Cerise - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Le Serpent CeriseLe Serpent Cerise

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

28 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 54
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cory’s endeavor into the realm of Flanders style sour ale. Extremely rare, inoculated with multiple souring organisms and laid down in French oak barrels for over one year, Le Serpent is an example of a Belgian sour brown at it’s finest. On draft in the pub for a short time and also hand-bottled and bottle-conditioned. There is a very limited quantity of 750 ml bottles available for take away. Act quickly to experience this exotic beer style! (for spring 2010, Washington cherries have been macerating in Serpent Cerise for one year.)

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 08-10-2011)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-28-2013 02:42:10 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-14-2013 17:14:33 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-15-2013 14:57:22 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-11-2013 20:43:37 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer looks pretty much like the regular version. Dark, hazy amber with a tall off-white head.

S: Not surprisingly, it smells like cherries. Quite musty with a lot of oak, grass, and straw. Not quite as fruity as the regular, but there is a nice grape and lemon zest note to it. Moderate level of vinegar with a touch of leather.

T: A restrained vinegar component and quite a nice bit of lactic acidity. Plenty of cherry flavor with some nice lemon and sour plums. Still a little bit of funk and even a touch of sherry.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was good, but I liked the regular one better. It was a lot more complex and more pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 06:06:55 | More by womencantsail
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-11-2013 15:55:49 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this rarity; just in time for the end of the world! Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and spotty lacing. The body is a hazed golden brown color.

S - Lots of cherry, unsurprisingly, with notes of vanilla, oak, lactic acidity, and a touch of cherry vinegar. There's some tart cherry skin amid the more prominent sweet cherry flesh.

T - Reminds me of cherry-flavored candy (Sweet Tarts?), with notes of vanilla and oak, mild lactic acidity, moderate acetic vinegary notes, and minimal alcohol. Good balance, with no particular flavor overwhelming.

M - Smooth medium body, dry finish, pleasant carbonation, and moderate-to-low pucker and acidity.

D - A solid cherry sour brown that I enjoyed a fair bit. Well-crafted with a solid integration of flavors. I'd happily drink this again, although I probably wouldn't actively try to trade for it considering the rarity factor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 16:11:31 | More by MasterSki
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

09-05-2013 15:08:16 | More by imperialking
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 61 year 2009

Pours a light beige head. Color is a golden amber orange.

Aroma: Very sweet cherries. Cherry pie filling. A little tartness. Brett funk. A little medicinal flavors. Oaky with vanilla and caramel.

Taste: Really sour and taste. A lot of cherry flavors. Some spices and caramel. Mouth puckering sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied. A little lower carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was tasty beer. Really drinkable. Better than the regular version. I liked the cherries and the tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:42:32 | More by mothman
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2013 00:53:24 | More by Gonzoillini
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/2/2012

Silver medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 23: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer (42 Entries).

A: Dark maroon with a light pink head.

S: Pronounced cherry with evident vinegar. Reminds me of cherry pie. There's a touch of vanilla with leather, earth, and more vinegar.

T: Tart up front with a burst of ripe cherries and a firm vinegar presence. The fruit is explosive and delicious. Light vanilla notes blend with oak and leather. The finish has an upper moderate acetic acidity.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and lightly tannic.

Overall: Glad to finally try this. The fruit is very nice, but I think I prefer the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 16:28:30 | More by HopHead84
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009, 750ml capped bottle thanks to forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

It pours a murky colour of rust with about an inch of off white foam that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell I got as soon as the cap came off. Oodles and oodles of sour cherries, vinegar, oak, some fruity sweetness in the way background. Oh boy, this smells great.

The taste stands toe to toe with the smell. All sorts of sourness going on from the Washington cherries with vinegar notes that compliment rather than detract. It has oak there in mild proportions and a suggestion of Brett. Wow. Dammit, this is super delicious!

Light bodied, medium light carbonation, good mouthfeel and is very easy to drink.

Snake River..you've done yourself proud!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:41:22 | More by Bitterbill
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to the generous soul who shared this at CdC.

A: Cloudy brownish-amber body with a wispy off-white head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Sharply sour cherry, lemony acidity, vinous oak, and grassiness. Awesome.

T: Super sour, delightfully fruity, and generally awesome. Simple, terrific sour.

M: Slick medium body; almost flat. A little weak.

O: I drank this right after sampling 08 Earthmonk, and the contrast between these two beers of the same style could hardly have been more stark. While the actual Belgian was all about fruit flavor and balance, this American interpretation was focused entirely on the acidity and funk. I loved them both.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:53:27 | More by woosterbill
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aasher

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of muskabeatz at a tasting, thanks Evan!

This beer pours a light to medium bodied cherry polished wood in color with slight lacing around the glass. The nose features a really nice amount of tart cherries to pair with dark malt and a nice acidic tartness. The nose is great for the style, pungent. The flavors are off dry and well balanced. You get slightly sweet cherry, tart cherry, sweet brown malts, and and an acetic acidity. The vinegar however is tame, just the way that I would prefer. It has a nice bite too, from the carbonation more than anything. This drinks very, very well. It is more complex than you would imagine and the cherry really does separate itself from the the base sour brown. Overall this is a really nice beer, and a standout for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:41:08 | More by aasher
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FosterJM

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

995th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

Bottle 59
Bottled 2010 (I think)

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A little bit of a murky cherry juice red with some browns, gold and ambers mixed into it. The head wasn’t very much but a few couples fell to a ring around the edges, no cling or lace either.

Smell- I think everything inside my nose burned on Saturday night. This was very sweet, tingly, bubbly, oaky, earthy and just plain inviting.

Taste- Vince and I talked about him bring certain bottles and agreed he needed to bring this gem to the party. This was a hidden gem he traded for when he wanted more sours and he just couldn’t not have it. Such a great Flanders. Oaky, malty, tart, bitter, sweet and barrel all rolled into one. I'm really at a loss to describe the taste of this one. If you don't like Cherries, you wont like this one.

Mouth- I really liked how this was a bit thicker and smoother on the finish. A medium body with a medium carbonation level. Lots of residual dampness and sour cherries.

Drink- Simply put. Vince you ruled for bringing this bottle. I would like another bottle however don’t know if it would work out in the trade game. Great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 21:54:10 | More by FosterJM
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-11-2011 23:44:05 | More by HopStoopid120
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-07-2013 22:06:21 | More by SpdKilz
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared at darkness day by lurchingbeast
reviewed from notes

orange blush color. No head to speak of.
Wow is that sour. Huge sourness. Like pulling my tongue down my throat sour. Fuck me that's intense. Huge notes of dark and sour cherries. A touch of oak.
Really pretty nice.
Feels a hair overcarbed.

Overall, this was a fun beer to try-- and I'm glad Frank made me take a pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:11:04 | More by AleWatcher
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bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-19-2012 19:47:36 | More by bauermj
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.5%

09-24-2012 00:50:04 | More by Rempo
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BDeibs

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-14-2012 22:35:13 | More by BDeibs
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

09-22-2012 02:30:52 | More by claaark13
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-19-2014 19:11:10 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-23-2011 09:50:10 | More by MrHirschybar
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-07-2013 20:29:08 | More by boatshoes
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Le Serpent Cerise from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.